Iowa State civil engineering graduate student showcase puts on greatest performance yet

Kaoru Ikuma (pictured left), assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, judges a research poster produced by Emily Craigie, a master's student specializing in construction engineering and management.
Kaoru Ikuma (pictured left), assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, judges a research poster Dec. 3 produced by Emily Craigie, a master’s student specializing in construction engineering and management.

Fifty Iowa State University graduate students showcased their research Dec. 3 at the 5th Annual Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Graduate Student Research Showcase and Poster Competition. About 100 fellow students, faculty, staff, family, friends and alumni attended the event, which was held on the entire second floor of Town Engineering Building.

Since 2011 the CCEE Graduate Student Council has coordinated the showcase. Georges Bou-Saab, a doctoral student in transportation engineering, directed this year’s event. “This is a great chance for students to enhance their presentation skills in a conference-like setting,” Bou-Saab said. “Plus, a diverse host of judges creates professional networking opportunities for students.”

Participation was substantially higher this year than in all past years – the highest student participation before 2015 was 31, which took place in 2012.

Prizes were given by categories: construction/environmental/transportation engineering, structural engineering and geotechnical/geomaterials engineering. First-place participants were awarded $150, followed by $100 second-place prizes and $50 third-place prizes. In addition, attendees voted for their favorite posters to recognize one People’s Choice Award, which came with $100.

Prizes by category

View a photo album of the event.

Eighteen judges from academia, government and industry organizations scored posters. Judges were Ashley Buss (BSCE’08, MSCE’10, PhDCE’14), CCEE assistant professor; An Chen, CCEE assistant professor; In Ho Cho, CCEE assistant professor; Douglas Clark (BSConE’89), structures division manager at Peterson Contractors, Inc. (Reinbeck, Iowa); Kent Claus (BSCE’73), president and principal of KC Engineering (Sioux City, Iowa); Eric Hanson (BSCE’96), vice president and principal of KC Engineering (Sioux City, Iowa); Kaoru Ikuma, CCEE assistant professor; Todd Knox (MSCE’05), traffic engineer at Snyder & Associates (Ankeny, Iowa); Ping Lu (PhDCE’08), bridge rating engineer at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Ames, Iowa); James Nelson (BSCE’97, MSCE’05), transportation engineer at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Ames, Iowa); Michael Pawlovich (BSCE’94, MSCE’96, PhDCE’03), crash analysis engineer at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Ames, Iowa); Joseph Podolsky (PhDCE’14), CCEE postdoctoral research associate; Chris Poole (BSCE’99), safety programs engineer at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Ames, Iowa); Melissa Serio, earthwork field engineer at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Ames, Iowa); Anuj Sharma, CCEE associate professor; Omar Smadi (MSCE’93, PhDCE’00), CCEE associate professor; Theresa Stromberg-Murphy (BSCE’99), project engineer at Terracon Consultants (Ames, Iowa); and Ian Willard, environmental engineer at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Des Moines, Iowa).